Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sneezing And Bless You


You would have come across many people saying "Bless You" while someone sneeze.
Have you ever wonder why they say it or did you ask them why?

Sources say they originated thousands of years ago.
"God Bless You" is attributed to Pope Gregory the Great, who uttered it in the 6th century during a plague epidemic.
Sneezing is an obvious symptom of one form of the plague during that time.

Some say that the heart stops momentarily when someone sneeze and his or her back to life is welcomed by saying "Bless You".
But health related articles say that heart wont stop during sneeze and it is a misconception.

Some believe that evil spirits use the sneeze as an opportunity to enter a person's body.
Saying "bless you" would stop this window of opportunity.

In general sneezing is a sign of cold or allergy and can be provoked in the sunlight or from smelling a strong odor.
Whatever may be the reason, we persist in the custom of saying "Bless You" out of common courtesy or habit.

Source:
  • http://health.howstuffworks.com/sneezing.htm

26 comments:

  1. Wow, this is very informative. Now i know why someone say God Bless You, if we sneeze

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  2. there's always a story behind every act... :)

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  3. Thanks for sharing this information.

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  4. nice, i didn't know before...

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  8. i thought about the heart stopping was true.. anyway.. just go on wishing that God Bless everyone :)

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  9. ho.ho.ho... nice post friend,, very interesting.. keep share..

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  10. thanks for sharing my friend
    we cant avoid sneezing specially like me who are prone in allergy during spring time-

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  11. thanks for the info. i have a sneezing prob this time coz i have a runny nose because of the change of weather here.

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  12. I really thought that the reason why we say "bless yOu" is becasue the heart literally stops. hmm so it is a misconception. thanks for the infor and God Bless you even if you're sneezing or not.

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  14. wow ... in fact, there are myths about sneezing?

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  15. nice info..thanks for sharing..

    Bless You!

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  16. Hi, i was here with some smile?

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  17. hehe. It's funny and cute custom actually

    now I know where it originated

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  18. nice info. thanks for sharing. Actually my son is asking me the reason why saying bless if someone sneez

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  19. Thanks a lot for sharing this info! :)

    And thanks for dropping by my bubble :)

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  20. wow. what a great post. very interesting. i've never thought like that before. and now, i just knew it. "God Bless you" :)

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